Archive for May 2003

PENN’S BACK AT IT

Sean Penn’s taken out an ad in the NY Times defending his trip to Baghdad.
The full text is at Penn’s site. It’s quite wordy so assuming you don’t feel like wading through a few thousand words of Penn’s ramblings Yahoo sums it up pretty well.
At the end Penn exhorts us to take part in the democratic process and vote. I will, every time I vote against people like Penn by not seing his movies.

FIGHTING CRIME WITH DR PEPPER

A gunman who stormed into a suburban post office and took two employees hostage surrendered Wednesday, shortly after giving up the hostages in exchange for a six-pack of soda.

“We can resolve this thing without anybody getting hurt,” one negotiator shouted to the gunman through a bullhorn. “Let everybody go and let’s just get this resolved.”
After about three hours of negotiations, the gunman released the hostages after officers delivered a six-pack of Dr Pepper to him, using a long stick to pass the soda through a door.
Soon afterward the man, shirtless and wearing long shorts, walked out with his arms raised and surrendered to officers, who led him to a patrol car.
DDN

FIGHTING CRIME THROUGH BASEBALL

For David Horton, a kiss was much more than just a kiss.
It was his ticket back to jail.
Horton, 24, attended a Reds game May 7 with his girlfriend, even though he knew authorities were looking for him because he had failed to show up in court to answer a drug-related charge.
Police had been unable to find him — until the couple turned up on the “Kiss Cam” at the Reds game.
In 1999, Horton was convicted of felonious assault for stabbing two men. He was given a four-year prison sentence and served 2

MY LIFE FEELS JUST A LITTLE BIT EMPTIER NOW THAT…

…the series finale of Buffy has aired. Sad to see one of the wittiest and funniest shows on TV go.

GOOD NEWS

China has “taken care of Taiwan’s SARS outbreak.” Never mind that Taiwan is independent from China and China was in no way involved in treating SARS in Taiwan.

A NEW SITE FOR YA

Right We Are!

AN IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN WATCHING THE NEW MATRIX MOVIE

It’s a Science Fiction movie, not an action movie. Of course it’s gonna cover the more philosophical stuff.

CASE WESTERN KILLER’S MOTIVE

A pretty whacked out guy.

Halder’s anger centered on university employee Shawn Miller, a school computer-lab assistant Halder believed had hacked his site, thereby destroying his life. He pursued Miller, whom he described as an evil man, through the civil courts and in numerous complaints to the university president, the campus police, the Mayor of Cleveland, the FBI and even the US House and Senate Judiciary Committees, but his pleas for justice were ignored at each turn.
“The end result of all of these outright evil actions will be that society will end up paying a severe price,” Halder had warned in one such communique. . . .
Halder . . . believed he possessed the secrets to peace and prosperity for all mankind and graciously shared these nuggets of wisdom via his Web site — until someone deleted its entire contents from his computer.
“I try to solve mankind’s problems through the Internet,” Halder explained in a court deposition against Miller. “In a few seconds, the evil man wiped out everything that it took my lifetime to create,” he later whinged in an e-mail to school officials. . . .
–From Volokh/The Register

NEW MONEY

I don’t mind the look of the new $20 bill, but I don’t quite get why we need a new design so soon after the latest one. Why didn’t they just do this the last time. I’d also like to see the $1 bill redesigned so it looks something like the new ones.

YOU CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT THE BUSH CARRIER VISIT IF YOU WANT BUT…

Just be aware that a group of lower-ranking government employees from Washington did pretty much the exact same thing. For future complaining please at least come up with a rant that either excuses or chastises them.